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Epoetin alfa medication

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Weekly: Procrit (epoetin alfa) is usually dosed once a week. Some patients may be able to take it only every two weeks, and in rare instances it can be given... Read More
Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Very common: As the kidneys fail the production of erythropoetin (procrit (epoetin alfa) and epogen) falls off and anemia results.With replacement anemia and tran... Read More

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A 88-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Durgin
General Surgery 20 years experience
Leukemia: This is a difficult dilemma answer even knowing all the facts, which we don't have in this forum. If the treatment side effects are mild and would hel... Read More
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Limited value: Procrit (epoetin alfa) is commonly used in patients with cancer. But it is not always effective as it helps to raise red cell counts(hb) in most patei... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
See below: Erythropoetin doses vary widely, depending on the patient's weight, and reason for treatment. As little as 50-100 units per kilogram of a person's wei... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Erythropoietin: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is a very expensive medication which can only be prescribed by a physician (usually a hematologist, oncologist, or nephrologist)... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes: Longer acting forms of erythropoietic agents have been produced. One is known as aranesp, (darbepoetin alfa) and is dosed every 3-4 weeks.
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Hemoglobin 10 or 11: For patients who are anemic due to ongoing chemotherapy, Procrit (epoetin alfa) is not recommended to be given if hemoglobin is 10 or above. For patie... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Any of them: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is associated very rarely with serious side effects, hypertension and seizures are reported. The drug should be reconsidered if ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Several: Increased mortality(death), serious cardiovascular events, thromboembolic events, stroke and increased risk of tumor progression or recurrence.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Depends on stage: In stage 4 and stage 5 (end stage) kidney diseases, Epogen (epoetin alfa) use is common, much more than in lighter stages. Of note, Epogen (epoetin al... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Hematology/Oncology: I have forwarded your question so hopefully a Heme/Onc will answer your question on here. You need to have the underlying cause determined and treated... Read More

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